The Police Integrity Reforms – Latest Developments in the Draft 2019 Conduct Regulations – No. 5 Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in news, police, professional conduct, regulations by sally

‘Once again, the Home Office has been busy. Having brought in a comprehensive package of regulations, most notably in 2008 and 2012, it now proposes to make further sweeping changes to the way that misconduct and performance procedures are handled. Although the differences in the new regulations will reflect some of the amendments brought into force in 2014, 2015 and 2017, there are also a number of key concepts introduced for the first time.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 4th December 2019

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Deadline for UK drone registration approaches – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2019 in aircraft, fines, licensing, news, regulations by tracey

‘UK drone pilots must register their details with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by the end of 29 November or face a fine of £1,000.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2019

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SRA rules open up working or competing with the Bar – Legal Futures

‘The new rules allowing solicitors to work from unregulated businesses open up several opportunities for solicitors – including working with or in competition with barristers, specialists have predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2019

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SRA suspends immigration part of new rules – Legal Futures

Posted November 25th, 2019 in immigration, news, regulations, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has had to suspend rules due to come into force today that would allow solicitors to operate from firms regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2019

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Reach for the STaRs – new solicitors’ rulebook goes live – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new rulebook – Standards and Regulations (STaRs) – comes into force today, with experts highlighting several areas of significant change and opportunity for firms.’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2019

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The new SRA Standards and Regulations: Greater freedom for solicitors? – 4 New Square

‘In this article, Helen Evans and Clare Dixon of 4 New Square review whether the new principles, codes of conduct and disciplinary procedure rules wholeheartedly reflect a relaxation of the SRA’s grip, or whether competing forces are apparent. They also consider whether one of the unintended consequence of some of the liberalisation is to introduce a two-tier regulatory system for solicitors practising within regulated entities (such as firms) and those outside that structure. Finally, they reflect on the likely impact of the new rules and relaxed burden of proof on the troublesome issues of dishonesty and lack of integrity- an issue that the Divisional Court was still picking apart as recently as last week in the matter of SRA v Siaw.’

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4 New Square, 21st October 2019

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Introduction to the SRA’s 2019 Standards and Regulations – 4 New Square

Posted October 29th, 2019 in news, regulations, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority, standards by sally

‘On 25 November 2019 the SRA’s new Standards and Regulations will come into force. In many respects the substance of what is expected of the profession will remain much the same, but the new regime will see major changes to the regulations and rules through which those expectations are expressed and will be enforced. Both practising solicitors and those involved in advising them on their regulatory obligations must familiarise themselves with what will change. The aim of this series is to highlight the major changes and give some thoughts on what their implications may be.’

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4 New Square, 14th October 2019

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The new Accounts Rules – what can you do? – 4 New Square

‘On 25 November 2019 the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 will cease to have effect, and will be replaced by new accounts rules. In one quarter-stroke of the draftsman’s pen, 52 rules covering 50 pages of single-spaced typescript on pages of A4 will be replaced by 13 rules on 10 pages. The SRA has trumpeted loudly that the rules have been simplified and that they provide greater flexibility. Have they? Do they?’

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4 New Square, 28th October 2019

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Adam Tucker: A First Critical Look at the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 24th, 2019 in bills, brexit, news, regulations by sally

‘In this post, I make a preliminary attempt at assessing the provision made in the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – or WAB – for the scrutiny of the legislative powers which it delegates to the executive. My conclusions are not positive. The scrutiny procedures it seeks to enact are inadequate – so inadequate that it would be a constitutional mistake for Parliament to approve this aspect of the WAB without significant amendment. At the very least (or so I suggest) the Bill ought to be amended to incorporate the so-called “sifting process” developed for equivalent delegated powers under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA). Better still, this should be seen as an opportunity to embrace further incremental improvements on that process.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th October 2019

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Government revokes Brexit regulation after judicial review threat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has pledged to not use Henry VIII powers to make Brexit legislation after a public law charity threatened legal action.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th October 2019

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Review lays ground for both hybrid and defendant DBAs – Litigation Futures

Posted October 16th, 2019 in costs, damages, fees, news, regulations by sally

‘Changes to the damages-based agreement (DBA) regulations, including opening them up to defendants and allowing hybrid DBAs, have been put forward by an independent review – with the approval of Sir Rupert Jackson.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th October 2019

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Re-opening final decisions of police injury benefit determinations – UK Police Law Blog

‘In R (Boskovic) v Chief Constable of Staffordshire [2019] EWCA Civ 676, the Court of Appeal had to resolve apparently conflicting High Court decisions on two separate questions arising from the application of the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006. This blog post considers the implications for police pension authorities who are asked to agree to re-open a final decision, thereby avoiding the need for an appeal to the Police Medical Appeal Board, or a judicial review claim.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 2nd July 2019

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Gambling addict’s parents launch action to hold government liable for his death – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2019 in compensation, gambling, human rights, inquests, news, regulations, standards, suicide by sally

‘The parents of a gambling addict who took his own life have launched a legal bid to hold the government liable for his death, potentially opening the floodgates to multiple compensation claims citing lax regulation by the state.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2019

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Anti-money laundering supervisor “should practise what it preaches” – Legal Futures

Posted June 14th, 2019 in barristers, consultations, money laundering, news, ombudsmen, regulations by sally

‘The body that oversees legal regulators’ anti-money laundering (AML) efforts needs to show the same level of transparency that it is demanding of them, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2019

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UK accused of ‘silently eroding’ EU pesticide rules in Brexit laws – The Guardian

‘The UK has been accused of “silently eroding” key environmental and human health protections in the Brexit-inspired rush to convert thousands of pages of European Union pesticide policy into British law.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2019

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Mayson spells out hard choices in reforming legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted June 7th, 2019 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, regulations, solicitors by tracey

‘The head of the independent review of legal services regulation said yesterday that scrapping regulation based on titles like solicitor or barrister and replacing it with a system based on legal activities “might not be as straightforward as some believe”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2019

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Accountancy body wins right to regulate oaths – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Chartered accountancy regulator the ICAEW has received a crumb of comfort from the lord chancellor in its long-running campaign to become a regulator of reserved legal activities. David Gauke revealed today that he has decided to grant an application for the ICAEW to become an approved regulator and licensing authority in relation to the administration of oaths.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd May 2019

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Sectoral Regulation Without Section 21 – Nearly Legal

‘One of the interesting potential side effects of removing section 21 from the Private Rented Sector is the damage it might do to landlord regulation. Over time s21 has become a backdoor regulatory tool to help ensure landlord compliance. If the notice is removed altogether will this impact on regulation by removing a useful tool which encouraged, or compelled, landlord compliance. Or will it have little practical effect.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th April 2019

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Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2019 in health & safety, internet, medicines, news, pharmacists, regulations, standards by tracey

‘New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2019

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Alexandra Sinclair and Joe Tomlinson: Brexit, Primary Legislation, and Statutory Instruments: Everything in Its Right Place? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 26th, 2019 in bills, brexit, news, parliament, regulations by sally

‘Legislation to enable Brexit is progressing through Parliament. This includes the Immigration and Social Security Bill, the Fisheries Bill, the Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill, and the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill. One curious aspect of this raft of new law is that, at the same time these Bills are making their way through Parliament, statutory instruments (SIs) addressing some of the very same subject matters are also being laid. While this approach may find justification in some contexts, we argue in this post that the particular way this is being executed in some circumstances seems broadly at odds with the Government’s own stated approach to the process.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th March 2019

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